The LORD promises to restore Jerusalem

Zech 6:9-15   Zechariah is instructed to make a silver and gold crown for Joshua, the High Priest. Zechariah is instructed to tell Joshua:

“A man whose name is the Branch will branch out from where he is, and he will build the Temple of the LORD. One man [Zerubbabel, the Governor] will build the Temple of the LORD, and the other [Joshua, the High Priest] will receive honour. One man will sit on his throne and rule, and the other will be a priest on his throne. And these two men will work together in peace.” (Zechariah 6:12-13)

Zech 7:1-14   The LORD condemns insincere fasting and mourning for the destruction of the Temple. He confirms that Jerusalem was overthrown because the people oppressed widows, orphans and foreigners:

"Do what is right and true. Be kind and merciful to each other. Don't hurt widows and orphans, foreigners or the poor; don't even think of doing evil to somebody else." (Zecheriah 7:9-10)

Zech 8:1-23   The LORD promises to return to Jerusalem and live in it:

"Old men and old women will again sit along Jerusalem's streets, each carrying a cane because of age. And the streets will be filled with boys and girls playing." (Zechariah 8:4-5)

 

Jaffa Road, Jerusalem on a rainy morning (November 2011) (Navot Miller)

Jaffa Road, Jerusalem on a rainy morning   (Navot Miller)

 

He promises to do something different:

"So don't be afraid. These are the things you should do: tell each other the truth. In the courts judge with truth and complete fairness. Do not make plans to hurt your neighbours, and don't love false promises." (Zechariah 8:15-17)

The LORD promises to restore Jerusalem to its former glory:

“Many people from many cities will still come to Jerusalem. People from one city will go and say to those from another city, 'We are going to pray to the LORD and to ask the LORD All-powerful for help. Come and go with us.'” (Zechariah 8:20-21)

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